Stakeholders as Citizens: Rethinking Rights, Participation, and Democracy

Posted: 11 Jan 2010

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Dirk Matten

York University - Schulich School of Business

Jeremy Moon

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)

Andrew Crane

University of Bath - School of Management

Date Written: August 17, 2004

Abstract

This paper reviews and analyses the implications of citizenship thinking for building ‘ethical’ institutional arrangements for business. The paper looks at various stakeholder groups whose relation with the company changes quite significantly when one starts to conceptualize it in terms of citizenship. Rather than being simply stakeholders, we could see those groups either as citizens, or as other constituencies participating in the administration of citizenship for others, or in societal governance more broadly. This raises crucial questions about accountability and democracy in stakeholder relations with the corporation. We sketch out the main currents informing and emerging from the citizenship perspective on firm-stakeholder relations; analyze specific stakeholder groups and their particular relevance in the context of a citizenship perspective; and conclude with a discussion of the broader implications in terms of building ethical institutions.

Keywords: Corporate citizenship, democracy, ethical

Suggested Citation

Matten, Dirk and Moon, Jeremy and Crane, Andrew, Stakeholders as Citizens: Rethinking Rights, Participation, and Democracy (August 17, 2004). Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 53, No. 1-2, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1524966

Dirk Matten

York University - Schulich School of Business ( email )

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Jeremy Moon

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) ( email )

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United Kingdom
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Andrew Crane (Contact Author)

University of Bath - School of Management ( email )

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Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/faculty/andrew-crane.html

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